Burris Scopes


Phillip D
February 25, 2006, 03:08 PM
I just read an article in Shooting Times praising the quality and light gathering ability of the Burris top end scopes (Black Diamond 6 - 24x-50mm with 30mm tube). The Burris scopes are all approximately $200 cheaper than comparable Leupolds. Can anyone comment on whether the Burris line stacks up to the best Leupold has to offer in brightness and overall quality?

thanks for any comments

Phillip D in Meridian, MS
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February 26, 2006, 01:09 PM

Maybe they've changed. I'm not going to spend any more money on Burris products testing that. I literally gave away a Burris 3-9X A/O compact & replaced it with a Simmons Whitetail several years ago. I got twice the scope for half the money with the Simmons. I have a 6-18X A/O target knob Fullfield on a .220 Swift at present. It is adequate & that is all. It'll get replaced, but it's not high on the priority list now. I've bought rings & bases by Burris also. One set was fine, the other was replaced by Warne's. One can only give a company so many chances when the price gets into their range.

I don't mind paying as much or more for Nikon, Leupold, or Talley products because I'm getting what I want the first time.


February 26, 2006, 04:19 PM
Hi, Phillip, I am a Meridian native living near Jackson. Welcome to THR.

I cannot answer your question, as I have not used any Burris scopes that I recall. I do have a couple of Leupolds, and have used others. I will offer the info that optics do not gather light. They transmit (part of) it. However, I would bet significant $ that Burris does not favorably compare to upper-end Leupolds.

February 26, 2006, 08:27 PM
I have a Burris Fullfield 1.75 X 5 , and a Leupold Vari X 3 that's maybe 2 to 5 it's not in the room here, and I'd say the Burris is as clear even in low light levels as the Leupold. So far so good.

Father Knows Best
February 26, 2006, 08:41 PM
I have a Burris Signature Select 4-16x 44mm AO that I bought last year. I looked at a lot of scopes before settling on this one. The Burris was sharper than than the Leupold VX-III, and less expensive! I've been very happy with it.

March 4, 2006, 10:22 AM
I've had three different brand scopes on my hunting rifles. For me, the best optics were in this order: Burris, Leupold and Simmons. I must say however, for the money, the Simmons are pretty clear optics. One thing about optics, whether it's a scope or binoculars, it depends on your eyes. Not mine...yours. Remember, when you look through any lense, don't test the view through a window. Take it outdoors for a clear real view.

Jim Watson
March 4, 2006, 11:04 AM
Problem is, they are mass produced consumer goods and can vary a lot from scope to scope; sometimes more than brand to brand.

I know one experienced shooter who thinks Burris scopes are the greatest.
I know another who says he will not buy another Burris, but will stick with Leupold or spring for Nightforce. Looking through HIS Burris, I can see why he feels that way.

March 4, 2006, 11:32 AM
I have an older BD (AO but not side focus) and it seems to work fine. Optically OK for me though I've never directly compared it with any of the Leupolds I have (never had it at the range with a Leupold to compare with at the same time). Seems solidly built. Only significant fault I don't care about it (the BD line) is that the magnification ring and ocular bell are one piece. When you turn the mag ring, you turn the bell. Not good if you have a flip-up lens cover on the bell.

March 7, 2006, 12:34 PM
I own 5 Burris scopes . They all are very clear . Have had no problems with them in 10 yrs . See no need to replace them..

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